Luke Gallows and Karl Anderson were released by WWE on April 15th, just 11 days after featuring in the main event of WrestleMania 36 between AJ Styles and The Undertaker. They had each a signed $750,000 a year contract when WWE was worried about talent jumping to AEW, but when budget cuts were being deemed necessary, it put them on Vince McMahon’s radar.
Now though, the duo who were considered hot free agents have agreed to join Impact Wrestling, and will likely debut at Slammiversary on Saturday, July 18th, three days after their non-compete clauses expire. Reportedly what sealed the deal for Impact was that they’d allow Gallows and Anderson to also wrestle for New Japan when travel restrictions allow. Both men have a lot of history in New Japan, where together they were previously 3x IWGP Tag Team Champions and part of the Bullet Club stable between 2013 and 2016 when it was red hot.
In addition, the pair will also have a show on Impact Wrestling’s video-on-demand service IMPACT! +Plus called TalkNShopAMania, which will be a variety show feature wrestling matches and be connected to their Talk’n Shop podcast.
While not confirmed, potentially, the duo could be involved in an Aces & Eights reunion that Impact is currently teasing after having D-Lo Brown, the former Vice President of the outlaw motorcycle club, reveal his Aces & Eights jacket. Gallows was a former member, known as D.O.C. (Director of Chaos), and Anderson would fit into the group well.